BARBERVILLE, Fla. — In an eleventh-hour deal, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Larson will compete in Wednesday night’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions event at Volusia Speedway Park.
Larson will drive the all-white Tony Stewart Racing No. 14, piloted by Christopher Bell in multiple races last year.
The Elk Grove, Calif. driver made the announcement on Twitter, including a photo of the car — which still has Bell’s name decaled on the side panel.
“Last minute deal to run night (one) here (at Volusia Speedway Park),” Larson said in the Tweet. “Here’s my ride for tonight. Thank you Tony Stewart!”
Wednesday night’s event will be the fourth in a series of five races for the All Stars in the state of Florida, following a tripleheader at nearby Bubba Raceway Park last weekend.
TSR driver and eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz nearly swept all three events, winning the first two on Thursday and Friday before finishing as the runner-up to Kerry Madsen on Saturday night.
Over the offseason, Larson raced a winged sprint car three times in Australia, coming away with two podium finishes, and also drove a midget in the Chili Bowl National for Keith Kunz Motorsports. He won the Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions early in the week but struggled on championship night in Tulsa, failing to make the 55-lap A-Main for the first time in several years.
His 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series assault for Chip Ganassi Racing will kick off on Feb. 26, with the 59th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.